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“Jesus answered, ‘The foremost [commandment] is, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”’” (Mark 12:29-31, NASB) In one of my favorite movies, “You’ve Got Mail,” Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox fall in love—sight unseen—via the Internet. Through their virtual exchanges, (then later in person), they became well-acquainted with each other. Kathleen and Joe found excitement and anticipation in seeing that raised flag on the mailbox icon and hearing those powerful words, “You’ve got mail.” They couldn’t wait to read what the other had to say! Just thinking about the other person made them beam with happiness. A few things about Kathleen and Joe’s relationship make me evaluate my relationship with the Lord. Do I get excited about God—so excited that it’s obvious to those around me? Do I look forward to delving into His Word, His love letter to me? A letter received from a loved one is often not read through just once. One pours over each written word, savoring each sentence. Do I pour myself over Scripture? How often do I read God’s words of love multiple times to let them really sink in and understand their meaning? As my Abba Father who loves me more than anyone, He desires to spend time with me, to just sit still in His presence and be. So in the same way, because I love my Papa God, I should also crave to spend intimate and uninterrupted time with Him. It’s during this special time of reading the Bible, praying, listening and being still, that I learn more about who God is. His character. His commands. When Sven and I first met, it was through hanging out, talking (a lot) and playing sports with friends, that we came to know more about each other. We just wanted to be in each other’s presence—even if we were only doing French homework together. Now if I just talk to Sven and never take the time to listen to him (or vice versa), or if we never spend time together, that wouldn’t make for a healthy marriage, would it? Likewise, devoting time with the Lover of my soul is most imperative for a thriving relationship with Him. Kathleen jokes that NY152 (Joe’s screenname) knows her so well that he has “152 insights into [her] soul.” Our Lord who created us and our souls knows us so much more intimately than anyone ever could. Let’s let our love for God be expressed with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength.

Warmly in Christ,

Jazz Becker

For Reflection:

“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it; If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.” (Song of Songs 8:7, NLT)

  1. Are there things in your life that are quenching your love for God?

  2. What can you do to prevent “rivers” from drowning your desire to spend time with the Lord?

  3. Is God’s love for you worth more to you than everything else?

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